|Personal Trainer Showcase|
|Name: Christine Hazelton|
|Stats: 5’7” / 130 lbs|
|Location: Los Angeles, USA|
I realized at a very young age that movement was my medicine. Nothing made me feel more alive than physical activity. I felt the most free when I was running, jumping, riding my bike or climbing something. But, ultimately, the real catalyst for my becoming a trainer was witnessing some of the closest people to me sit on the sidelines of life, unable to fully participate because of unhealthy choices, inactivity and correlating low self-esteem. I believe fitness offers the gift of freedom. I believe your body is your vehicle for everything and physically represents your essence to yourself and others while we’re on this planet. That’s why I became a trainer: to share the gift of physical freedom and all of its glorious and endless benefits.
What certifications do you hold?
ACSM – Certified Exercise Physiologist, NSCA – CPT. I’m also a Certified Catalyst Life Coach (TAT) and a second level EFT Practitioner.
What is your training philosophy?
I believe in training the body as a whole. My focus is on movement instead of muscles, with positive aesthetic changes as a natural evolution. I also believe that overly intense training is over-glorified and can actually slow down progress, causing unnecessary plateaus and injury. The psychological aspect of training is also a huge component and is encompassed in my programming and all sessions.
How important is nutrition when it comes to meeting fitness goals?
Nutrition is integral. It’s probably 75-80% of relative success depending on metabolic genetics. I do also believe there’s not a ‘one size fits all’ dietary plan. Diets do not work and are unsustainable. As soon as you say ‘no’ to something, It becomes powerful. What you resist, persists. I work with clients to find the foods that work best for their bodies. Find things to say ‘yes’ to. This allows for sustainability. Nutrition is a game. You have to know some basic rules and how to play it. If you’re going to cheat, I can show you ways for your body to get away with it.
What are your favorite exercises, either to perform or have your clients perform? Why?
I’m a huge fan of doing full-body encompassing moves and exercises that work in multiple planes of direction. This teaches the body to work as a whole and weeds out weak links in the structural chain. It also results in an incredible aesthetic outcome, like that of a true athlete. I love chopping and rotational moves with the Vectra Functional trainer. I have one in my training Loft. I also created an entire workout using the weighted clubs, which is diverse and ideal for creating a healthy shoulder structure.
How do you keep your clients motivated?
I actually feel there’s a big difference between being motivated and being inspired. When you’re motivated, it comes from outside influences — being told what to do. When you’re inspired, it comes from within. My focus is helping clients find their own inspiration. I believe that stems from their understating of and connecting with the ‘WHY.’ We need to clearly understand WHY we want to reach goals. This adds the emotional connection. It has to be for yourself, not for anyone else. It’s also important that clients understand WHY they are performing certain exercises. I’ve learned this, after 20 years as a trainer: people, myself included, do what they want to do, not what they have to do. When you really know and feel why you’re doing something, you are more likely to choose it. It becomes a sustainable, positive habit and you build trust with yourself.
And, how do you keep yourself motivated?
For me, constantly learning keeps me inspired. When you know the rules, you know how to break them and spread out and do your own thing. In this sense, my training loft often feels like a lab.
What is your favorite memory as a personal trainer?
I had an incredible experience working with someone who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. When I started with him, he couldn’t get up off of a chair, but was soon doing deep squats on balance disks. That was beyond rewarding for us both. It has also been fun training celebrities, among them Matt Damon for The Bourne Identity, Thomas Jane for The Punisher, Maggie Siff for Billions, Dane Cook for Good Luck Chuck. I love working with clients that have to be ready for an athletic role or an actual sporting event. It’s a lot of fun creating that kind of program and seeing it applied in real life or on screen.
Finally, what is your favorite cheat food?
To be honest, I cheat all the time. Again, timing and portions are everything. But, if I had to pick one thing, it would definitely be a sourdough baguette with salted butter. Pure ‘kill me now,’ unadulterated BLISS.